Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Spring Cleaning Giveaway Winners

Morning, gals!  I hope you have a beautiful week ahead of you.
I'm stopping in to announce the winners (yes, you read that right)
of my Spring Cleaning Giveaway.
 
So, first for the main giveaway:
That's
 
 
Next for a batch of craft books:
That's
What a lovely shabby chic blog you have Olenka.
It's been nice to look at your many projects :)

 
For a £5 pound voucher to spend at Dragons Lair Designs:
This is Lena.
Congratulations, Lena!
 
 
 
And, lastly, a little something for everyone:
A free digi sketch!
This is a hand-drawn sketch of meadowsweet.  Enjoy!
Congratulations Lena, Olenkaja and Lilian!
Please email or message me with your response before the end of the week
so that I can get your packages / voucher codes to you ASAP.
I'm going to be busy in the hospital having baby H next week!
Wish me luck :)
 
Take care,
be well,
and enjoy the sunshine,
 
--Kathryn
 
 


Thursday, June 16, 2016

Undersea Spotlight, With Thanks

 
I've been saying for awhile that coloring has been difficult for me of late,
due to carpal tunnel syndrome.
Even typing this post is now difficult because my
hand control is fading and whenever I touch things with my fingertips it
feels as though my fingernail is being peeled backward.
Not particularly fun.
 
As I approach my due date, I may still
post a card here and there but for the most part, I will probably be a no-show
even on my favorite challenges for awhile.
I had forgotten how much I missed card-making and blogging, but
I think a break through July and a little of August is something you'll understand.
Baby H will make his appearance soon and I mostly need to rest
leading up to and after that.
My Robin and Jay still love making cards together and this has been a
fun thing we can do while I've tried to stay off my feet when possible.
However, with my finger dexterity now shot
(and try that on for size when you're a trained classical pianist)
even tying the bow for this card was a chore.
 



 
I decided to try to make my spotlight look like a bubble as well.
I took some inspiration from Chris's adorable "Just Keep Swimming" card ;)
 
 
(Thanks for the shoutout last week, girls!  You can tell I really liked the
feathered friends theme ;)
 
 

 
Materials Used on this Card:
Cardstock {Rustic white - Papertrey Ink}
Patterned papers {My Mind's Eye, K & Company}
Image {free coloring page online}
Sentiment Stamp {Papertrey Ink}
Ink {Archival Black - Ranger}
Glossy Accents {Ranger}
Dimensional stickers {K & Company}
Wooden banner {Studio Calico}
Rustic woven trim, floral foliage {stash}
Copic sketch markers
 
 
I'll be back at the end of the week with the winner(s) of my Spring Giveaway,
so stay tuned and don't be surprised if I post another one soon.
Craft room cleanout always happens in stages. ;)
 
As always, thank you for visiting,
take care,
be well!
 
--Kathryn
 
 

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Family Man - Seahorse Undersea Card - Father's Day

I simply could not resist a little fun at my DH's expense this year
for Father's Day.  He won't know it unless I tell him...should I?
The world over, pregnant women get frustrated because men just
don't know, can't know what it's like.
Sometimes I think it frustrates our men too, because they're doubly worried
about us and the baby.  My DH has been good about foot rubs and bringing
plenty of water, cleaning up the kitchen when I'm completely worn out
just from standing at the stove long enough to get something onto the table.
But there's still that little kernel.
 
So enter an unlikely little creature--the seahorse.
Proof to all women that there is justice in the world.
Poor seahorse, he bears the brunt of it for all males--because
The male seahorse, not the female, carries the babies.
 
Ha!
 


 
 I swear I did not put a googly eye on Mr. Seahorse.  It's glossy accents and a very frustrating shadow effect.  Believe me or not.
 


 
This was just a free coloring sheet printable that I had found awhile back
for use during an ocean unit with the boys.  I colored it with them on Sunday
while I was home with a sick Jay and very helpful Robin.
It's perfect because my DH will have his 3 boys very soon, just like this
seahorse dad.
 
 
Challenges:
 
 
 
A2, Father's Day, burlap / loose interpretation of 'watercolors'
 
 
 
 
 
 
Materials Used on this Card:
Cardstock {canyon clay, kraft - Papertrey Ink}
Patterned papers {My mind's Eye}
Image {freecoloring.com}
Sentiment sticker {TPS}
"seaweed" {floral stem foliage}
Burlap ribbon, heavy hand-quilting cotton
copper brads {TPS}
glossy accents {Ranger}
Copic sketch markers, Prismacolor pencils
 
 
 
Have a fantastic day!
I'll be back later on with the winners of my spring giveaway.
 
Be well and enjoy the sunshine,
--Kathryn

Monday, June 13, 2016

Free Digi Sketch: Desert Fennec Fox

Good morning friends! It's Monday and I have another Digi Sketch to share with you today!
 
This original sketch is of a desert Fennec fox.

My Jay has a thing for foxes, and my father grew up in the desert.
Since I've done nautical cards for the men in my family
for many years at Fathers' day (including this year),
I'm thinking a desert-themed card
for my self-proclaimed "desert animal" Dad
will be a nice change for him next year.  Ssh.  Don't tell. ;)

Find out more about desert Fennecs at
the National Geographic website
or at the WWF Website.
I've been tempted to "adopt" one of the WWF plush Fennecs for awhile,
but the narwhal, sea otter or sockeye salmon might win first.
Either of these sites will give you good reference photos for coloring.

Image is in .png format
Click on graphic for full-sized version to save
 
 
And here are a few digitally colorized versions,
in case you find yourself in a rush by any chance.  I was a bit limited in my color palette,
and plan to do a card with a hand-colored version very soon.  But in the meantime,
the first has a pure white background, the second is a cream color.

 

 
Files in .png format

 
You are welcome to use these sketches for your projects, but all I ask is that
1) You do not try to pass off my artwork as your own and
2) Please link back to me on your posts or projects. Images are still copyright to me, Kathryn Ritter. 3) I would love to see your projects as well; please come back and link them up so that we can all see YOUR work! :)
 
As I add more sketches to the collection, you'll be able to find them using the tab at the top of the page. I hope you will keep checking back or follow so you won't miss any new sketches as I make them available. My goal is to share with my fellow crafters so the more the merrier! :)
Have a great day!

Friday, June 10, 2016

Vintage Nightingale CAE - GWS

This is one of my in-between cards.
It's vintage-inspired (like many of my creations)
but not shabby.  It's naturalist but lacks foliage and other
embellishments.  It's clean-edged but a little too layered for CAS.
I might call it freestyle but it doesn't really strike me as a collage
because it lacks the mixed media elements.
I call it Clean-and-Eclectic,
but whatever it is, it is.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Here are the challenges:
 
 
 
 
This time I took some inspiration from Jeanette (DT):
 
I love her kraft tones and the green polkas together.  I don't have Robyn's Fetish
images as she does (and really my style is not often cute),
but thinking about robins (and their type) led me to this
 
 
 
 
 
 
JUGS Word Week: BIRDS - 3rd entry
 
 
 
 
Materials Used on this Card:
Cardstock {Rustic white, Dark chocolate - Papertrey Ink}
Patterned papers {Papertrey Ink, scrap pieces from American Crafts}
Vintage nightingale graphic {The Graphics Fairy}
Sentiment Stamp {Papertrey Ink}
Brown pigment Ink {Stampabilities}
Brads {The Paper Studio}
Wooden banner {Studio Calico}
Pompom trim, Wooden button, cotton twine {stash}
 
 
Thank you so much for visiting!
 I hope you have enjoyed yourself,
and I wish you a wonderful day.
 
If you get a chance before you go, there is still time to
enter for my Spring Giveaway before next week!
Actually it's more of a destash.  Everything is all packed up and ready to ship ASAP.
Inlinkz is now closed but you can still enter via comment/follow etc.
Picture and link are on my right-hand sidebar. :)
 
Take care,
Be well,
and enjoy the sunshine,
 
--Kathryn 
 
 
 
 

Black and White Wedding Tag - TRUST In Bloom

This wedding tag is to underscore to a future young couple
that the foundation of their relationship must be maintained with
complete and total trust.
When you lose trust, you lose respect, security, and certainly fulfillment.
You lose so much.  Opening yourself to love also means
you open yourself to be hurt more deeply by that someone.
So let's all remember to handle relationships carefully,
to respect and maintain trust, and when there is a breach,
to strive even harder to restore that precious element.
It may take time.  It may take a lot of time.
But it is worth being careful and conscientious about.
Our relationships will be so much richer if we will not take one another for
granted, but will consistently choose to root our lives in respect and trust.
 

 
I've colored in the In Bloom blossoms with an opaque white Sakura pen.
The white mesh is recycled bits of drywall mesh leftover from our laundry room
remodel a number of months ago.


I made the butterflies not identical but each others' opposites.
This is also a subtle reference to the differences between our temperaments and
mental or emotional tendencies as men and women,.
While it's sometimes frustrating, this is not a bad thing but a way to achieve
balance and harmony together.
We have that potential, if we choose to listen to each other
and keep trying daily.

OK, sometimes by the minute.
But the point is we keep trying!


 
Here are the challenges:
 
 
Coloring with opaque white pen and hand-drawn splatters
 
 
 

Crafty Cardmakers #165: Monochrome - 3rd and final entry
 
 
 
Challenge total: 9

  
Materials Used on this Tag:
Cardstock {Kraft, Rustic white - Papertrey Ink}
Vellum (for leaves) {The Paper Company}
Stamps {In bloom - Papertrey Ink; French script - Stampabilities; Leaves - Altenew}
Ink {Archival Black - Ranger}
Pewter metallic spray {Ranger}
White opaque pen {Sakura}
Chalkboard tag, small burlap bow {The Paper Studio}
Burlap ribbon, small pompom trim {stash}
Recycled drywall mesh
Heavyweight hand-quilting cotton thread


 
Thank you so much for visiting!
 I hope you have enjoyed yourself,
and I wish you a wonderful day.


 
If you get a chance before you go, there is still time to
enter for my Spring Giveaway before next week!
Actually it's more of a destash.  Everything is all packed up and ready to ship ASAP.
Inlinkz has expired now but you can still enter via comments etc.
Picture and link are on my right-hand sidebar. :)
 
Take care,
Be well,
and enjoy the sunshine,
 
--Kathryn 



Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Black and White Wedding - Gingham, Cutwork and Roses

For this monochrome black-and-white wedding card,
I've let the words do the talking without any images to speak of.



I think my favorite part though is the cut-away rose border on the right side.

 

 
I've had these Anna Griffin stamps for quite awhile, having found them on clearance.
But until now I'd never inked either the rose border or the lattice pattern.
It was nice to break into some new ideas this afternoon.



613 Avenue Create #179: ATG / Wedding Stationery - 2nd entry


 
Create and Inspire #47: ATG


 
Materials Used on this Card:
Cardstock {Rustic white - Papertrey Ink}
Deckle-edge rectangle die {Spellbinders}
Stamps {Roses, background - Anna Griffin; splatters - Altenew}
Ink {Archival Black - Ranger}
Black Superfine Embossing Powder {Recollections}
ZIG Glue pen
Sentiment sticker {Family set - The Paper Studio}
"Love" mini charm {Close to My Heart}
Gingham ribbon, white hydrangeas, cotton twine {stash}
Black brads {The Paper Studio}



Thank you so much for visiting!
 I hope you have enjoyed yourself,
and I wish you a wonderful day.
 
If you get a chance before you go, there is still time to
enter for my Spring Giveaway before next week!
Actually it's more of a destash.  Everything is all packed up and ready to ship ASAP.
Inlinkz is so quick and I've opened the giveaway to both US and
International crafters as well.
Picture and link are on my right-hand sidebar. :)
 
Take care,
Be well,
and enjoy the sunshine,
 
--Kathryn 
  

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